Student debt is a national crisis. We demand Biden immediately cancel ALL student debt by executive order.
46 million people in the U.S. are currently saddled with $1.6 trillion in student debt. This crisis hurts working-class people above all, especially women and Black students and graduates who bear a disproportionate share of student debt. Along with stagnant wages, unemployment, unaffordable health insurance, and rising rents, this debt crisis makes it impossible for many working-class people to afford the basic necessities of life. This situation has only become more urgent in the context of the economic crisis unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to get involved:
Sign our petition
Show your solidarity by signing our petition and sharing it with others in your chapter and community. Graphics for sharing the petition on social media can be found here.
Volunteer with us.
Join our campaign and help organize for the relief we need. Join our national bi-weekly phone banks on Mondays & Thursdays, 6-9 PM EST, or help design graphics for the campaign.
Get your chapter involved.
Sign your chapter up to be a part of our national campaign. Resources for organizing chapter meetings and becoming a campaign liaison are available below.
Other ways to help:
To learn more about our strategy, please see the YDSA Student Debt Cancellation Campaign Memo. If you have feedback, ideas, or questions regarding the campaign, please fill out this feedback form.
Host a Student Debt Cancellation & College For All General Meeting
Hosting a general meeting on this issue can be a great way to get your chapter members involved in the campaign. A template agenda can be found here. If you would like more information, please email [email protected].
Become a campaign liaison
Responsibilities include: talking with other members of your OC/chapter leadership to plan out how to engage with the campaign on the local level; planning local political education events, phone banks, and actions; helping turn out members to national events; communicating with NCC and NOC members about the campaign as it progresses; and following up with potential new recruits to YDSA. If you’re interested, you can go here.
Host a political education event
This can be in the form of a town hall Q&A or a virtual documentary screening. If you choose to do the latter, we recommend Red Square on a Black Board, the story of students in Quebec who protested a tuition increase and won.